As winter gives way to spring, God offers us a new life in his Spirit.
Spring is a time of anticipation. Winter has faded, and we all begin to look for signs of new life. The sun is closer to us and the earth is warmer. Continue »
Keeping the Fire of the Holy Spirit Burning in Our Hearts
How do we accept the call to discipleship with eagerness, enthusiasm, and fervor, willing to lay our lives down for the Lord, no matter the cost? How do we keep the fire of the Holy Spirit burning in our hearts? . . . Continue »
God loves to bless us and build us into the likeness of Jesus, his only Son.
For a number of years, “WWJD” wristbands and bumper stickers were popular among young people. The initials stood for “What Would Jesus Do?” and were meant to help people ask in every situation, “How am I living right now?” “What am I thinking in this situation?” “What would Jesus do in the same circumstance?” This is the same urgent message that Jesus gave in the Sermon on the Mount: How are we living today, right now? Continue »
Let’s not limit what God can do in us!
As we begin a new year, and as we contemplate our resolutions, let’s take a look at a few predictions from the past. Continue »
On Christmas Day, Jesus brought in a whole new kingdom.
What do you think about when you hear the word "invasion"? Do you perhaps recall the invasion of June 6, 1944, when millions of British, United States, and Canadian forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to liberate Western Europe from Nazi control? Continue »
A Strange Place To Find Peace on Earth
When the Mexican teenager walked into the county jail, he was understandably nervous. Continue »
An Examination of Conscience for Advent
Have you ever noticed how good we can be at noticing other people’s weaknesses, while still having a blind spot for our own? Fortunately, God is familiar with this tendency. Continue »
Proclaiming the Salvation of Christ today
One Christmas I was assisting at the midnight Mass presided over by the pope in St. Peter’s. It was time to intone the Roman Martyrology for the day of Christmas: Continue »
I Found My Home In The Church
Advent is all about welcome—about preparing a way for the Lord and being received as members of Jesus’ family gathered at the manger. It’s about recognizing Christ in the people around us and welcoming them as openly as he would. It’s about removing every barrier and obstacle to the Spirit’s work. Continue »
Set some goals for Advent.
Every parent knows this scenario: you go into your child’s bedroom and say, “Rise and shine! Time to get up for school.” Continue »
A heavenly perspective can change your earthly life.
Have you ever noticed how much being in love can change someone? Think, for instance, of a man and woman engaged to be married. Their hearts are consumed with thoughts of one another. Continue »
A Forever Kind of Love
I keep the LORD always before me; with him at my right hand, I shall never be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, my soul rejoices. (Psalm 16:8, 9) Continue »
Prepare now—in trust and joy—and Jesus at your side.
All of us will face the cold reality of death one day. It makes no difference where we live, how wealthy we are, or how much influence we have. Continue »
Ridding our hearts of the sin of Pride
Pride goes before disaster, and a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18) Continue »
A lesson from the life of St. Francis
What is the key to good relationships? Trust, acceptance, respect, and love are certainly necessary. But every day we face sins and temptations that threaten to prevent us from giving and receiving the love and respect that are so vital. And experience tells us how easy it can be to give in or surrender to these temptation—and hurt the ones we love in the process. Continue »